Freedom Day on 27 April is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It is significant because it marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule as well as the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new state subject to a new constitution.
This is a time to reflect on the strides the country has made in achieving the vision of a better life for all its people. Undoubtedly much has changed since 1994 and there has been progress in every sphere of society, though more still needs to be done.
We also take this opportunity to thank all those who have been working side by side with our government and its people to build a winning nation both domestically and internationally that champions a continent that is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and that is united which aspires to a world that is just and equitable.
The South African Embassy in Turkey will be celebrating Freedom Month with a series of events which will include visits to Istanbul, Izmir and Mersin, South Africa-Turkey investment seminars and the hosting of a Media Breakfast and CEO Breakfast during April. Freedom Month will culminate in the hosting of the Freedom Day reception in Ankara.